Demanding an inquiry by a sitting High Court judge into the state repression on farmers in the capital region, YSR Congress has said that the Party President YS Jagan Mohan Reddy would sit on a two day fast demanding justice to farmers on various counts.
A delegation led by YS Jagan Mohan Reddy has met Governor ESL Narasimhan and submitted him a representation detailing the harassment being meted out to farmers who are not willing to part with their lands and sought an inquiry by a sitting High Court Judge.
Later former minister and Party leader Dharmana Prasad Rao announced that YS Jagan Mohan Reddy would sit on a two-day fast at Tanuku in West Godavari district on January 31 and February 1 protesting against the anti-farmer policies of the TDP government. Besides the lopsided approach of land acquisition, the State has failed in providing MSP to farmers and give proper relief and rehabilitation to Hudhud Cyclone affected farmers.
The two-day dharna will highlight the failures of the State Government in handling farmers' issues. MLAs of Krishna, Guntur and Prakasam districts accompanied YS Jagan Mohan Reddy to Raj Bhavan and gave a representation narrating the trauma of locals who were not willing to part with their land.
They deplored that the statements of Home Minister and other ministers of the district, immediately after the incident of arson that took place in the capital region, blaming YSR Congress is unfair and has unleashed police force on our Party workers and sympathizers.
Earlier, assuring the affected farmers of the capital area that YSR Congress will stand by them and the fight it out at all available forums, Jagan Mohan Reddy has said that the TDP government has tuned up the governance on a mercantile scale.
Addressing the farmers who had come to the Party Office, the Leader of Opposition said: "no force on the earth can take away your lands forcefully. We will be with you and fight for your cause. We will take it up at all the available forums and explore all options including moving the court and approaching the Human Rights Commission.
He deplored that it is sad to note that the Government is using force and coercion to acquire land from farmers while Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu has said while brining in the CREDA Bill that the State will take land only from those farmers who are willing to part with.
He accused that law and order situation was created a day ahead of the land acquisition with arson taking place in selective farms where the owners had refused to give up their land. With police entering the scene, the official machinery is being misused and farmers are being harassed and they are undergoing trauma as the coercion to sell their land continues. They are being asked to name YSRCP leaders as responsible for the arson.
He lamented that the State Government has turned into a real estate merchant leaving governance to winds and has come up a Quixotic proposal of acquiring 50,000 acres of which half the land will be used for infrastructure development and giving to farmers 12,000 acres at the rate of 1,300 yards per acre and use the rest of 13,000 acres for commercial purpose.
The farmers who had come from the capital area region had poured their cup of woes and said police have been harassing them and forcing them to name YSRCP leaders for the arson and creating terror by parading in the villages creating a reign of terror. We are not allowed to go out after dusk and police are selectively picking up locals.
Meanwhile, the Party Mangalagiri MLA Alla Ramakrishna Reddy and 22 others filed a complaint with the State Human Right Commission naming six police official of Guntur as respondents. The police have been harassing the farmers and are forcing them to name some YSRCP leaders responsible for the arson which took place in the fields of the capital region.